Category Archives for Social enterprise

Leeds – a good place to build your own home?

Housing minister Mark Prisk was in Leeds today to announce a series of measures to encourage more people to build their own homes. He was visiting LILAC – an inspiring development of strawbale housing in Bramley, West Leeds – which … Continue reading

28. March 2013 by admin
Categories: Climate Change, Green homes, Green issues, leeds, Leeds Empties, Mutuality, Social change, Social enterprise, Social entrepreneurs, Social innovation, Social Justice | Leave a comment

A day with Bristol Together and Triodos

It’s been a busy few days. After Monday morning’s inspiring session with Muhammad Yunus I spent the afternoon with 150 others at the Empty Homes Conference. The highlight for me was listening to Dan from Revolutionary Arts – the man … Continue reading

30. November 2012 by admin
Categories: Business, Climate Change, Green homes, Social change, Social enterprise, Social entrepreneurs, Social Justice | Leave a comment

Social innovation Grameen style: “Look at ice-cream. The cones are edible.”

I’ve been in Nottingham this morning for a breakfast event hosted by Capital One with Professor Muhammad Yunus, the man often described as the Godfather of Social Business. Prof. Yunus is best known for Grameen – who in turn are … Continue reading

26. November 2012 by admin
Categories: Business, Climate Change, Food, Grameen, Green homes, Microcredit, Social change, Social enterprise, Social entrepreneurs, Social Justice | 2 comments

Leeds Empties – plans for the next few months

We had some good news last week – our application to Leeds City Council’s Transition Fund was successful – which means we have £10,000 to help us to develop Leeds Empties further over the next few months. If you’ve read … Continue reading

25. November 2012 by admin
Categories: Green homes, leeds, Social change, Social enterprise, Social entrepreneurs | Leave a comment

Leeds Empties & The Great British Property Scandal

This one minute video, produced by Tiger Aspect, the people behind George Clarke’s Channel 4 series The Great British Property Scandal – will give you a feel for our Leeds Empties Call To Action: And let’s not forget we also … Continue reading

07. November 2012 by admin
Categories: Business, Green homes, Green issues, leeds, Social change, Social enterprise, Social entrepreneurs | 1 comment

Leeds Empties – we’re ready for investment

I do most of my work these days through Social Business Brokers, a social enterprise I set up a couple of years ago with Gill Coupland to bring people together to find enterprising solutions to some of our big social … Continue reading

19. September 2012 by admin
Categories: Business, Climate Change, Green homes, Green issues, leeds, Social change, Social enterprise, Social entrepreneurs, Social Justice | 1 comment

Part of a thriving ecosystem? Or extinct by the summer?

There’s much talk at the moment in the world of social business, innovation and investment about the need to create a thriving ecosystem. I understand that to mean an environment within which the social ventures that we want to encourage … Continue reading

22. March 2012 by admin
Categories: Business, Green issues, leeds, Social Care, Social change, Social enterprise, Social entrepreneurs, Social Justice | 6 comments

Tackling prisoner re-offending – should we get involved?

I do most of my work these days through Social Business Brokers, the social enterprise I set up in 2010 with fellow Leeds social entrepreneur Gill Coupland, founder of Angels Community Enterprises. We’ve decided to change how we work this … Continue reading

19. March 2012 by admin
Categories: Business, leeds, Public services, Social change, Social enterprise, Social entrepreneurs, Social Justice | 10 comments

Me, #occupy, #socent and the 99 per cent

I was in town this morning for a very productive meeting with a friend who’s a local GP to help me explore potential opportunities for social enterprises (aka #socent on Twitter) if GPs end up directly commissioning services. We’d spotted earlier … Continue reading

18. November 2011 by admin
Categories: Business, Climate Change, Social change, Social enterprise, Social entrepreneurs, Social Justice | 1 comment

Who pays for better mental health?

We had an interesting round table discussion with two of the leading thinkers and do-ers in the worlds of social enterprise and mental health yesterday – Mark Brown and David Floyd. Mark is editor of leading mental health magazine One … Continue reading

27. September 2011 by admin
Categories: Public services, Social Care, Social enterprise, Social entrepreneurs, Social Justice, Voluntary sector | Leave a comment

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